Lesson Plans: How to Teach about Safety at Work in English


Contents and Language

  • Please don’t touch this
  • It’s a good idea to/ not to do it.
  • You should wear a helmet, gloves, an apron, some goggles, and others.
  • In case of fire, use the extinguisher.
  • Break the glass, lift the lever, push the red button, and pull this handle.
  • Do not open, risk of electric shock.
  • Wear uniform all times.
  • Check monitor every two hours.


  • Asking for and giving information.
  • Giving advice/ prevention
  • Explaining procedures, instructions and others.
  • Informing people about risks and prevention.

Values and Attitudes

  • Respect when asking for a service.
  • Tolerance for other people’s opinions.
  • Friendliness when interacting with others.
  •  Sharing with others.
  • Commitment towards community improvement. 
  • Concern towards rights,debts, and customer laws


  • Instructions, procedures, norms and rules about safety in English and Spanish.
  • Notices, signs used in Costa Rica and other English speaking countries. 



Understanding simple statements


Teacher shows a presentation in which vocabulary related to protective clothes and equipment is introduced + the modal should


Task #1: Students  read sentences and they identify what protective clothes and equipment is necessary to keep themselves safe

Task#2:  Students match the protective clothes and equipment that with the dangers that they can avoid by using it.

Task#3: Student unscramble pieces of sentences that include pronouns, the modal should and equipment for safety + the reason why you should use it.


Students write recommendations

Evaluation of Learning Outcomes:

The teacher by means of a rubric will evaluate students’ ability to write recommendation



Writing short phrases using correct spelling


Teacher introduces the most common signs that you see in the workplace + key  vocabulary to explain them + the modal must

The pronunciation is reviewed using the cambridge online dictionary


Task #1 : Students are given a matching exercise in which they have to match a sign, the location where the sign is placed and the reason for warning

Task#2:  Students use the  results of the matching using the modal must


Students present the signs to their classmates, where they are placed and the reasons for the warning

Evaluation of Learning Outcomes:

The teacher by means of rubric will evaluate students’ ability to describe signs



Understanding simple statements


Teacher reviews phrases and vocaulary related to safe and unsafe work habits

During- listening

Task #1: Students unscramble some words and phrases to form the sentences spoken by the teacher

Task #2: Students  listen and number the sentences in the order that were said by the teacher

Task #3:  Students divide the sentences into the categories of unsafe and safe work habits

 Post- listening

Students write recommendation to change the unsafe work habits

Evaluation of Learning Outcomes:

The teacher by means of rubric will evaluate Ss ability to make recommendations 



Responding with simple instruction to safety problems


The teacher continues building upon the vocabulary  previously taught and add some more  related to the exerices


Task#1  Students are going to read sentence and put them in a correct order to form a dialogue

Task#2  Students are going to read a dialogue about what instructions to give in case of emergency

Task#3: Teacher ask questions orally about the conversation  that they read


Students write a conversation and present it in front of class

Evaluation of Learning Outcomes:

The teacher by means of a  rubric will evaluate students’ ability to ask  and give information about safety at work